Women's Ashes: England ready for Australia Test, says Katherine Brunt

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England cannot lose the Test if they are to have any chance of winning the Ashes
Women's Ashes Test: England v Australia
Venue: Taunton Dates: 18-21 July Start time: 11:00 BST
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Katherine Brunt says England "are in a good place mentally" as they prepare for their must-win Women's Ashes Test match with Australia.

The two sides meet in Taunton from Thursday with the hosts trailing 6-0 in the multi-format series with four points on offer for winning the Test.

England lost all three one-day internationals and cannot afford to lose or draw the Test.

"We are happy and we're ready," said Brunt.

"We can't think too much on what's gone, we can only think about where we're at now and what we've got to do.

"It is about getting ourselves into a really good place mentally which I don't think we ever weren't, because you lose games of cricket and that's part and parcel of elite sport."

Teams earn four points for a win and two for a draw in the Test, with two points for a win in all limited-overs games.

England need to win the Test and all three Twenty20 internationals to beat Australia, who hold the Ashes after victory on English soil in 2015 and a drawn series down under in 2017.

England drew their previous red-ball outing against Australia in Sydney two years ago, but lost the last Test against them on home soil by 161 runs.

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